Week 88: T-12? “El Cumplimiento de los Tiempos“, October 16, 2017

Well, its been an interesting week. I´ve heard from the elders down there in Villa Madero that the Venezuelan family is still ballin`, so thats good.

Here in Adrogué C2 we help the Pensionero whenever he needs us, so its likely that I´ll be heading down there somehow to be able to say hi to the family, so I keep my fingers crossed!
Other than that all is good over here, liking the area, and the 8 other Elders I live with are all dope, so we`re gunna have some good times. We already have gotten to know some members and been able to teach a couple who has literally like 60 cats and dogs after doing a service for them. Super excited to keep working here.
Among other news yesterday i went tracting(?) on a street called Diego Gibson. I would present myself then ask what street we were on, but no one really got it, no matter how strong of a latin accent i put into my last name.
Here in Argentina it was mothers day yesterday, so I just wanted to say thanks, as if it will ever be enough, to all my moms and my grandparents! Not only your prayers but the good examples you have set for me are felt strongly as I face the challenges that come with the mission. “Ye are the light of this world“. I specifically thank my Nana Gibson for the package I recieved this last week, for the letter and the inspiring story about the 17 points of the true church. Along with that came some goodies and some letters from my family, all have which have been and have yet to be enjoyed. I specifically thank my grandparents Ball for their relentless dedication to the Lord, including the sacrifice they gave by leaving behind their family and serving in the Hong Kong temple about 3 and a half years ago. I can now understand a little more of what that was, but only a little. I`m grateful I got to see them before I left on my mission, and then later that I could see my older brother Alex as he returned from his.
It looks like I will not have the same opportunity to see my little baby brother Ethan, as he reports to the Mexico MTC the 29th of December, and I fly into the states the 9th of January, but I am so excited for him to have similar missionary experiences as I have been able to have, and to really develop a concrete testimony, like I have. Good work Ethan!
Here are some pictures from before i left Madero! I still have yet to take some of where i live now, its super nice, kinda just feels and looks like a cabin.

Love you!

Elder Gibson
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Week 87: Adrogue, October 9, 2017

Transfers! Who woulda thought. Because of the large number of missionaries coming in they did transfers a week early this time. Me and my comp, Elder McMillan, are still comps but they moved us to a place called Adrogué, where the offices of the mission are located, we arent office elders though, but we do live with them. We are also in a trio with my excomp Elder Jesson!
Super weird. We´re not really sure what happened but me and my comp are kinda bummed cuz we had a Venezuelan family who was gunna get baptized this Saturday, but we had to say our goodbyes unexpectedly.
So my new pension is massive! I think we´re gunna be like 8 living there or something, not sure. Next week I´ll know more about my area and why its like this and all that. We had gotten calls on Saturday telling us we were gunna do the same thing but in a different area, and then today the remis (taxi) came super early (they weren´t able to call and let us know at what time they were coming) and took us here instead haha.
Anyway this last week we were able to hear from Elder Kosneslousky or something. It was super awesome! Him and his wife and the assistants and President and his wife all spoke, it was pretty cool, we had a good time. Also because we had to travel so far to get there we stayed in my old pension in Banfield 1 the night before! It was super weird to be in one of my old areas.
Well both my comps finish their missions at the end of these next 7 weeks, so we´ll see how this goes. Have a good week everyone, no pictures today!


Love you!

Elder Gibson

 

Week 86: Gen Conf, October 2, 2017

Yep, I´m that guy that abbreviates general conference. Anyway, this last conference was amazing! And on Sunday a Venezuelan family that we´re working with was able to come to the first session. Unfortunately, having 4 little girls between them and their member relatives who they live with, they couldnt stay for all the sessions. They enjoyed it though! I learned a lot as well and I am extrememly excited to put it all to practice.

Things are goin good down here in Villa Madero. We´re workin with a few people and looking for more, but we´re mostly excited about this Venezuelan family. They read the Book of Mormon with their members relatives and they came to conference and theyre married, super rare down here, and things are lookin good. We just gotta teach em a little more and help em get that personal testimony goin.
Anyway, I invite you all to pick some of your favorite talks from Gen Conf and apply em to your life, even if it means getting rid of some habits that you might not want to at first! The Gospel is true, I know it, most of you know it, and if you dont, its the most valuable thing you can know.
Sorry, no pics today, memory adapter thing i bought in the MTC seems to have stopped working finally.
Have a good week!

Love you!

Elder Gibson

Week 85: Ultima Presentación de la Primaria, September 25, 2017

Dang time is moving pretty quick. Doesnt seem like Ive already been here 3 weeks.

Anyway we´re pretty used to our area and the members already, and things are starting to move. Somewhat uneventful week though. Taught some people and still visiting the members with hopes of getting some referrals, as theyre called in the States. A few parts of this area are super rich though so sometimes the people are somewhat cold haha. Always interesting how its like that.
Last monday we had a district activity where we made choripan and played soccer. It was pretty fun cuz our district is our entire zone, so its pretty big, theres like 10 of us. Then someone managed to kick the ball outside the court even though it has a fence and a net over it. Some Elders climbed over into the nieghbors yard and we talked to the neighbor and everything but we still couldnt manage to even find the ball haha. So yeah we all pitched in and bought a new ball for the member.
Also yesterday was the primary program, always hilarious and the best. Wish more investigadors couldve made it, that type of stuff is golden, but you know what they say, ´´its not my salvation´´. Hence the title, cuz i probably wont see alot more of those in spanish for the rest of my life.
Heres me with my comp and his argyle sweaters.
Also there was a stray dog in the cyber last week haha, but soon after we snapped the pick, the guy came a kicked the dog out

Love you!

Elder Gibson

Week 84: Venezuela, September 18, 2017

Well theres this family in our ward that moved here from venezuela a while back, the dad came alone at first until his wife and kids and his cousins husband and kid could all move up here, and we went and taught em yesterday! the dad and wife are members, there relatives arent, so we´re gunna teach em and see how it goes. Our mission probably baptizes more foreigners then Argentines, so its always good to have foreigners in your area.

Speaking of which we have a part of our area where its pretty much all Bolivians, which is cool cuz i only had 1 Bolivian comp and never really got to know much about Bolivian culture/food, like I was able to do about Perú and Paraguay.
We had a Zone Conference on Wednesday, which went super well, always love those things.
STuffs goin good here, me and my comp are gettin used to the area and gettin to know a lot of members. We´ve got some people we´re working with, so we´re gunna be able to see if they progress. Still love this place. No pictures today though, stuff aint workin. there was a stray dog walkin around in here though so hopefully next week ill be able to send pictures of him. Have a good week!

Love you!

Elder Gibson

Week 83: Forgot to send an email, September 11, 2017

I forgot to send an email to Justin and then he forgot to send a report email! Here’s why I did not send mine:

From me to him:

So this is what happened… Sunday evening and I sat down and wrote you a letter to send with your package that you’re going to be getting at the end of the month with your new debit card. After I was done hand writing a letter I just basically forgot to email you! So I am emailing you right now and then I’ll email you again this Sunday so you have two emails next week!!

Week 82: Whiteout. September 4, 2017

Well down here in the Mission Field theres a thing called whiteout, where the missionaries in an area are both transferred out, and 2 missionaries arrive there not nowing a thing about the members or the area.

Me and my old pal Elder McMillan are about to experience what a whiteout is really like up here in Villa Madero. Its awesome because Elder McMillan is one of my good friends from the beginning of my mission, and also because Villa Madero is the northernmost area of our mission. So I have officially shared borders with the Bahía Blanca, BsAs West, BsAs East, and BsAs North missions. All of em. Isnt that nifty? I kinda always was one to just drift around the outside anyway. Also we are a highway away from the capital of Buenos Aires, and by that i mean the whole area that is none as capital, nowhere near the obelisko and all that jenk. at least i dont think. not 100% sure. Anyway, I just got here today.
My last week in Catan was pretty good! We had a Family Home Evening with the Paso Guillén family and the Monaca Family, which went really well! We talked a little bit about temples and Family History. Great time. The next day only Camila and Alberto made it to church, but we were super greatful for that anyway, cuz it was kinda a rainy morning, and not a lot of members made it actually haha. We also were invited to a huge asado and we all ate so much that we could barely eat the dinner that some other members invited us to that night.
Here´s Camila and Alberto and then Yamila and Cristian, the children of a different family who always gave us lunch and who are awesome, and then the Monaca Family, then when I was headed out of Catán. Elder Hall, the chunky one, goes home tonight, so it was a pretty interesting weekend. He goes home honorably by the way, just so thats clear.

Love you!

Elder Gibson